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Thursday, June 14, 2018

How to Organize Your Friends Baby Shower

If you have a friend who is pregnant, then one of the highlights before the birth for them and their friends will be the baby shower. It is a great time for you all to get together and have a good time while pampering the mum-to-be and eating cake. If the job of organizing the baby shower has fallen upon you, then here are a few tips to help you make it a success.

How to Organize Your Friends Baby Shower

Timing is Everything

Before you start the planning, you need to think about the best time to hold the baby shower. Ideally, they need to be held 6-8 weeks before the baby is due, however, if the mother is having complications or other problems, you can bring it forward instead. You don’t want to leave it too late, or you run the risk of holding the baby shower in the delivery room which won’t be ideal. The length of the event should be between 2-4 hours, any shorter than that and it can feel rushed and not personal enough. Four hours is the maximum time you should aim for, as any longer will be taxing on the mother and drag it out for the guests. 

Choose a Theme

Part of the baby shower event is choosing a fun theme for the party. Although the theme is technically the baby, it is nice to have another theme for the party, one that everyone will remember. Try to think of something that the mother-to-be likes and base the party around that. For example, if they like Disney, then perhaps a Mickey Mouse theme will be a nice touch. If you already know the sex of the baby, then you can have a girl or boy theme. 

The Venue

Although most people have baby showers at the mother’s home, that doesn’t have to be the case. If the weather is nice, there is no reason you can’t have it in the garden or even on the beach. The only thing to remember is whether everyone can get to the venue, including the mother. If they are on bed rest or can’t move around too much, then you should keep it close to home. 


One of the best parts of a baby shower for the mother is the gifts she will get. These should all be centered around the baby or the mother and can also be tied into the theme. It is probably a good idea to ask people to say what gifts they will be bringing; this prevents two people bringing the same baby activity table to the party. You can arrange for the gifts to be presented at the same time during the baby shower, or everyone can give them as they arrive. It is often a good idea for the mother-to-be to open them later in the party.

For the mum-to-be and her friends, a baby shower is a perfect way to celebrate the imminent arrival of the new baby.

Monday, June 11, 2018

5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration

5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration

Summer provides countless opportunities to get outside for hiking, biking and running around with friends and family. However, having fun in the sun also requires proper hydration.

While staying hydrated may seem easy, healthy hydration is not always a given. For example, the water coming out of your faucet can travel through miles of aging pipes before it reaches your home, potentially picking up unwanted contaminants such as lead, pesticides and industrial pollutants along the way.

These tips can assist in achieving healthy hydration throughout the summer months:

Drink Plenty of Water. It may seem simple, but consuming an appropriate amount of water can be especially important when temperatures reach sweltering levels. Since the human body is 60 percent water, it’s a vital step for your health to make sure you’re getting enough of it, which is why Healthline recommends 6-8 glasses (8 ounces each) of water per day.

Make Sure It’s Pure. In addition to drinking the right amount of water, it’s also important to drink the right kind of water. Consider installing an in-home filtered water solution like the PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration system. It’s certified to reduce more than 70 contaminants, including 99 percent of lead – more than any other brand, according to NSF. Filtered water can be used to refill water bottles and ice cube trays, prepare infant formula, cook and make beverages like coffee, tea and even smoothies.

“Staying hydrated is especially important during the hot, summer months,” said Deb Mudway, PUR marketing vice president. “Our lead-reducing faucet filtration systems make it easy to enjoy cleaner, better-tasting water at home or on-the-go.”

Take It To-Go. Keeping a bottle of water with you when you’re out and about is a convenient way to stay hydrated. Rather than disposable plastic water bottles, consider using a refillable, BPA-free bottle, which is a more environmentally friendly choice and typically more affordable.

Add a Little Flavor. Quench your thirst and add some refreshing flavor and nutrients to your water by infusing it with strawberries, kiwi, orange, mint or melon slices.

Eat Water-Rich Foods. An overlooked option for maintaining proper hydration is eating fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cucumbers and celery that naturally contain water. For the freshest results, wash your fruits and vegetables with filtered water prior to eating them.

Find more ways to ensure cleaner water consumption for proper summer hydration at

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Healthy Summer Hair Care

While the sun, pool days and warmer temperatures are often a welcome change come summer, they can be brutal on your hair. It’s important to give your locks some extra love this season.

“The sun, sweat and chlorine can fade color fast. Make sure you have the right products to protect your hair,” said Heather Brodzin, director of salon and spa with Beauty Brands. “Whether it’s styling aids, hair protectants, a smoother or moisturizer, make sure you consider your scalp and hair type for a tailored solution. Also don’t forget to schedule a trim with your stylist every 6-8 weeks to keep split ends at bay, or a deep conditioning treatment that gives your hair that extra boost of protection and moisture it needs. A little preparation and regular salon visits can help keep you looking and feeling your best all summer long.”

Find these products and more at, or stop by your local store for hair-styling, inspiration and expert advice to ensure your summer is full of great hair days.

Get Relief from the Heat

Guard your hair against styling tools as well as summer’s ultraviolet rays and humidity with the 24-hour protection offered by a weightless spray like Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Living Proof Restore Instant Protection. Mist it on before styling and re-apply as needed, or use it as a finishing aid for shine and smoothing.

Extend Your Summer Style

Spend more time outside enjoying the summer sun and less time cooped up indoors styling your hair with dry shampoo like TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Matte Dry Shampoo, which creates volume and texture without a lot of work.

Safeguard Your Color

Don’t let the summer sun steal your color. Captivating care can be a breeze with a gentle shampoo like Redken Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner, which uses amino-ions to build a barrier fortifying color and vibrance.

Shut Down Frizz

Keep your hair conditioned, hydrated and free of frizz this summer with a styling aid such as Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream. The lightweight formula moisturizes while it tames and helps create soft, natural summer styles.

Lock in Moisture

Unlike typical conditioners that rest on the surface of the hair, hair masks work their way into the hair cuticles to repair damage from the inside out. Regular application of a hair mask like Soulfood Nourishing Mask can add shine, increase manageability and provide essential nourishment to seal summer split ends.

Strengthen and Beautify

With 21 benefits inside one bottle, including shinier hair, shorter blow-drying time, frizz reduction and enduring hair color, an option like Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier repairs damaged hair and shields it against heat and environmental damage by sealing hair cuticles.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Select Wines that Match Your Style

For a novice, simply distinguishing a wine preference – white or red, sweet or dry – may be the extent of his or her comfort level. However, a more experienced wine enthusiast knows there is an entire world to explore when it comes to discovering interesting wine styles.

For example, winemakers in the Spanish wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda draw on hundreds of years of history perfecting the art of winemaking. Together, these regions produce an array of flavorful, full-bodied reds and crisp, refreshing white wines. Recently, these regions have garnered attention for their wines’ value and versatility, making them solid choices for someone looking to explore and develop his or her palate without breaking the bank.

“The wines of Ribera del Duero are generally made in a more generous, international style that would make them a natural transition for a traditional drinker of Cabernet Sauvignon,” said Brahm Callahan, master sommelier and Ribera del Duero y Rueda ambassador. “The same can be said for Rueda. The wines have bright, ripe fruit, great weight and texture, and offer an excellent alternative for someone who likes Sauvignon Blanc.”

Ribera del Duero
There are 300 wineries in Ribera del Duero, which surrounds the Duero River for 100 miles across the region. The semi-arid terrain and climate create optimal ripening conditions for the Tempranillo grapes that define the region’s wines’ distinctive character. If you like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, the big, rich, bold red wines of the region may be to your liking.
  • For the party host: A highly rated red that is soft juicy and impressively flavorful is sure to impress guests. Encourage guests to explore beyond their go-to with a Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero.  
  • For the gift-giver: For a special occasion (either as a reward for yourself or someone else), the critically acclaimed Vega Sicilia Unico is a quality choice. This wine boasts the perfect proportion of fruit (plums and berries), tannins and acidity for a true splurge.
  • For the casual wine drinker: A clean, bright blush rosé with notes of raspberries and strawberries is an enjoyable option throughout the day, from brunch to cocktail hour and onto the patio at twilight.
One of the hallmarks of Rueda’s refreshing white wines is versatility. With just the right amount of fruit and a refreshing finish, wines from Rueda are clean, bright and complex, yet effortlessly drinkable. The region is home to 70 wineries clustered on the plateau of Castilla y Leon at a high altitude of about 2,300-2,600 feet above sea level. The difficult growing environment, mineral-filled gravel soils and abundance of sunshine help create a crisp white wine with character.
  • For the environmentalist: If organic and sustainable winemaking appeals to you, Menade Verdejo is well-known as a flavorful wine made with the environment in mind. These fifth-generation sibling winemakers are pioneers in organic viticulture with an organic certification for their winery and vineyard.
  • For the bubble lover: Light bubbles are perfect alone or paired with fish and fruits, and a varietal featuring the Verdejo grape is a less common but delightful way to enjoy a little bubbly.  
  • For the warm weather enthusiast: A crisp, refreshing glass of an option likeVerdejo offers minerality and intense fruit flavors to unveil an intense palate with a refreshing acidity that is ideal for a hot day.
Learn more about the region and its wines at

Monday, April 2, 2018

A New Look at Salads for Weight Loss

When most of us think of dieting, we think of salads. And often, we think of nothing but lettuce on a plate, three times a day. While it's true that salads are a classic dieter's food for good reason - after all, they can be filling and have a satisfying crunch - the idea of a plate piled with lettuce and nothing but lettuce is a thing of the past.

Salads can be amazingly versatile, and even so high in calories that you might want to avoid certain types of salad if you want to lose weight! (A classic example of a fattening salad is one containing breaded, fried chicken, fatty dressing, cheese, and/or bacon.)

So let's get away from the all-lettuce plate and the fatty, high-calorie salad and explore the realm of fresh, interesting, tasty salads that may help you with your weight-loss efforts. Here are some ideas.

1. Nuts and seeds

Walnuts, pecans, and almonds lend themselves nicely to salads, and they add healthy fats, crunch, flavor, and nutrients. Sunflower, hemp, pine nuts, and pumpkin seeds (pepitas) also add their own nutritious crunch. So many combinations can be created with various nuts, greens, fruits, and healthy dressings.

2. Whole grains

A whole grain salad can be very tasty, and a nice dish for a hot day or sunny picnic. Classics like tabouli, a Middle Eastern dish made with bulgur wheat, tomatoes, and cucumbers, are filling and healthy. Leftover brown rice can be tossed with vegetables and oil-and-vinegar dressing, and whole grain pasta salads are also healthy choices.

3. Legumes

Beans and legumes add protein and nutrients to salads. You can cook flavorful beans and serve them over a bed of greens, or simply mix various types of beans with a tasty dressing and serve them over a bed of whole grain (or just serve them in a bowl as-is).

A New Look at Salads for Weight Loss

4. Lean meats

Incorporating lean meats into your salad boosts the protein content, thus helping you to feel full longer and even have more energy. Slices of cold, lean beef go well with a few blue cheese crumbles, and lean turkey can be tossed in with pecans and a fruity vinaigrette. Fish can also do well in salads - try mixing tuna with cannellini beans and tomatoes for a new type of tuna salad. Cold, grilled salmon can enhance a Caesar-themed salad.

5. Main dish salads

Have you thought about salads as a main dish? Whole grain salads can do very well as a main dish. Pasta salads can come in all kinds of varieties with different ethnic themes - Oriental rice noodle salad, for example, is very different from Greek pasta salad. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

$250 Visa Gift Card or Cash Giveaway

It is nearly summer and to help celebrate the warmth and travels to come, we wanted to help ease that burden a little bit with a Cash Giveaway!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mindsets that Lead to Low Self-Confidence and How to Change Them

If you suffer from low self-confidence, you might be stuck in some negative mindsets that are affecting the way you think about yourself and, ultimately, your self-esteem. Negative mindsets tend to have a lot of "always" or "never" talk, creating a sense of entrapment and hopelessness. Here are some examples of negative mindsets that can lead to low confidence.

"I will never get it right."

Thinking this way can keep you from trying again, or even trying something for the first time. It makes it only too easy to give up.

"Nobody understands what this is like."

When you lack self-confidence, a lot of times you assume that everyone else has it together and you're the odd man or woman out. You may feel isolated, and feel as if others have their lives together while you are still floundering.

"I am totally useless."

When you lack confidence, you may feel like you don't have anything of value to contribute, whether it's to your workplace, relationships, or something else.

"I am a complete failure."

No one fails at every single thing; but to a person with low self-confidence, it can sure seem that way. You may feel like everything you've ever tried has failed, even if this is not true.

"I could never do that."

Do you see someone with a successful lifestyle you wish you had? If you lack self-confidence, you may have the above reaction. Instead of being inspired and wanting to create that lifestyle for yourself, you look at that person and get depressed, thinking you could never have what they have.

How Can These Mindsets Be Overcome?

In order to overcome these destructive mindsets that lead to low confidence, it's necessary to reprogram your thought processes. You will need to pay attention to your negative self-talk and immediately change it to something positive.

For example, instead of "I will never get it right," you could stop that thought in its tracks and think instead, "I have trouble with this, but if I keep trying and seek out the right help, I know I can succeed." Rather than, "I could never do that," think, "I would love to do that! There's no reason why I can't have that lifestyle if I work at it."

You may need therapy and/or counseling to overcome these mindsets. But like everything else in life, you can do it if you set realistic goals and have confidence in yourself!